SPORTSWEAR THRIVING AT LEICESTER GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Leicester Grammar School (LGS) enjoys sporting as well as academic excellence, with notable old Leicestrians including international sportsmen and women, politicians and musicians of national standing.
Sport plays a major part in the school curriculum, as the school enjoys the benefits of 75 acres of sports grounds and world-class sporting facilities. Rugby, hockey, netball, cricket, tennis and all the major sports are played here, many to regional and national level.
Two years ago, LGS decided it was time to review its sports kits. The performance of these items has evolved significantly in the last decade, due in part to developments arising from the demands of Olympians, professional footballers and other national and international sports.
School head Christopher King said John Cheatle, the existing supplier, was very helpful during the extensive consultation period prior to the introduction of the new games kit: “John Cheatle staff supported us with suggestions and samples of materials, which helped our consultations with staff, pupils and parents. We were looking for a more modern, high-performance games kit that matched the high expectations of our parents.”
The school was also concerned about aesthetics, wanting to project a modern, smart and professional image. In addition, there was a need to consider the practical aspects of the garments’ resistance to wear and repeat washing.
One example of the successful replacement sports kit was a hoodie, replacing an out-moded sweatshirt. This hoodie was immediately widely adopted by all age groups at LGS, despite existing parents being given the option to phase in the new kit over a five-year period.
As Christopher King continued: “This new hoodie combined warmth with functionality and provided us with a superb piece of kit for all our pupils. It’s a good example of how popular the new sports kit has been during the last two seasons. We all wanted the new kit to reflect the high expectations of the school, and I think we definitely achieved that.”
The John Cheatle Group is the UK’s largest supplier of schoolwear and school sportswear to the independent schools sector. Managing director Justin Cheatle summed up: “We were delighted to help Leicester Grammar School develop and introduce their new sports kit. Many schools rely on John Cheatle due to our expertise in planning stock requirements and managing major uniform and sports kit changes, always very important steps in any school’s continuing development, and we take these responsibilities very seriously.”
PHOTO-CAPTION: Leicester Grammar School is delighted with its new sports kit from John Cheatle
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